'Water,' 'Wire' pull prizes at event

Two Sundance doc winners took top prizes at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. Carl Deal and Tia Lessin’s caught-on- tape doc of Hurricane Katrina, “Trouble the Water,” won the Anne Dellinger Grand Jury Award and Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. James Marsh’s “Man on Wire,” a look back at the 1974 illegal tightrope between the World Trade Center towers, pulled in a special jury prize as well as the audience award.

“In a Dream,” Jeremiah Zagar’s doc on his father, mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, won the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award while Ellen Kuras’ film on Laotian refugees, “The Betrayal” (Nerakhoon) picked up its second win with the Full Frame President’s award, just weeks after grabbing the top honors at the Ann Arbor film fest.

Full Frame sought to expand this year by booking bigger venues and incorporating a new ticketing system. The fest projects that 29,000 tickets were sold this year, a boost from last year.

“Full Frame 2008 was a huge success and we look forward to releasing the official numbers next week,” said Peg Palmer, exec director of Full Frame. “The Festival hosted an eclectic audience of filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world who were completely engaged with our program.”

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